Humeral Intraosseous – Stay In & Stay Straight

This video shows the mechanism for dislodgement and deformation of humeral intraosseous needles and how to avoid this.

In summary, if you need to abduct the arm (eg. for thoracostomy), keep the thumbs down (ie. have the arm internally rotated at the shoulder). Otherwise the IO catheter may bend or fall out.

References:
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4 thoughts on “Humeral Intraosseous – Stay In & Stay Straight”

  1. Great video thank you -do you have any on the actual placement of the humoral IO with landmarks and needle direction -much appreciated!

  2. Fascinating and great to know. Our prehospital providers use the humeral IO a fair amount, especially in cardiac arrests.

    What about the position the arms are in when secured on the Lucas device? Trying to visualize if that would be prone to displacement of the needle.

  3. Great question. I suspect it would be fine as the arms aren’t abducted very high. Something to check next time we run a cadaver lab

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